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Prince: ‘Controversy’ Released 36 Years Ago Today

It was only fitting that Prince’s fourth studio album was called ‘Controversy,’ as it was the follow up to the 1980 controversial album ‘Dirty Mind.’ Not only did ‘Dirty Mind’ push the boundaries of sex in music with songs such…

Poster Children West Coast Tour Report #1: Los Angeles

Photos and words by Rose Marshack Earlier this year Poster Children’s announced that they were going on tour for the first time in 10 years in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their third album ‘Daisychain Reaction,’ and with that a…

Nirvana ‘NeverMind’: It’s Fun to Lose and to Pretend

I remember being at First Avenue in Minneapolis one late spring evening in 1991 (one of many, I’m sure) and the conversation turning, between bands, to rumors swirling around about Nirvana. It had been awhile between Nirvana records, and everyone…

Johnette Napolitano – 21-Century Renaissance Woman

Like many, I became aware of Concrete Blonde with their 1990 hit single “Joey” from their breakout album ‘Bloodletting.’ As with most bands I come to love, I had to dig deep into the archives of Concrete Blonde. When I…

Shirley Manson: Never Used A Knife She Didn’t Like

One of the things that I dearly love about music is its power. No, I am not talking about the guitars turned up to ten with a Superfuzz/Big Muff Distortion Pedal crackling in your ears, although that is pretty cool….

Remembering River Phoenix: The Musician

I knew River Phoenix did his own guitar playing and singing in the movie “The Thing Called Love” before I knew River Phoenix and his sister, Rain, had a band: Aleka’s Attic. I feel kind of dumb about that. But…

Remembering Keith Moon August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978

Who’s the greatest drummer in rock & roll history? Rolling Stone says Neil Peart, but that’s obviously not right because, well, he’s in Rush. You could name a lot of impressive drummers from otherwise annoying bands, like Travis Barker from…